Dr. Deborah C. Gray, DNP, MSc, FNP-C, ANP-BC, FAANP is Associate Graduate Director for Masters and Doctoral Programs and Clinical Associate Professor at Old Dominion University, in Norfolk Virginia where she developed courses on innovative models of care, inspiring NP entrepreneurship and telehealth. She is also currently an Adjunct Scholar teaching as FNP faculty at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and has maintained a clinical practice for 30 years. Additionally, she is an Entrepreneurial Fellow at Old Dominion University, and a Health Care Business Owner, and Consultant for start-up NP-owned businesses. She has taught, presented, and published her work nationally and internationally on various clinical and educational topics, including Global Advanced Practice Nursing Education, Nursing Entrepreneurship, Telehealth, Integrative and Alternative Care, and NCDs, specifically the management of hypertension internationally.
Dr. Gray is Deputy Director of the International Council of Nurses NP/APNN Global Academy of Research and Enterprise based in Geneva, and served as Co-Chair of the ICN NP/APNN Research Subgroup. She is on the steering committees for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners International Ambassador Program, as well active in the United Nations Foundation and other Global initiatives. She was selected as a U.S. Fulbright Core Scholar in Africa for 2018-2019. Her project Fulbright project, Expanding Global Nursing Education, Collaboration, and Access to Care, was a collaborative project at the University of Botswana in the Nursing programs with the World Health Organization Center for Nursing and Midwifery for Sub-Saharan Africa that developed telehealth and web-based distance learning that increased APN educational outreach, access, and healthcare capacity in Botswana and several countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. She also completed a separate Regional Fulbright Grant working in Ghana on expanding nursing education, and consulted with several countries including Eswatini, Kenya, and Tanzania in developing the advanced practice nursing role to increase nursing workforce capacity in community and primary care. She is the Virginia Representative to American Association of Nurse Practitioners and was inducted in 2018 as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.